Dear Pastor Whoever….
A few questions, sir….
If there was someone amongst the pew-people, someone not credentialed by your denomination, who you knew has more Bible savvy and a deeper devotion to Christ than you, would you invite him to preach on occasional sundays? Suppose there were five or ten such people, would you give each opportunity to preach/teach? And a more important question, do you think our Lord Jesus would have these brothers (sisters) communicate from the pulpit?
Do you think the congregation would be better served hearing from several than to hear mostly or entirely from one? Do you believe that the entire fivefold ministry (Ephesians 4:11) should be represented in your church? Do you think “one another” ministry, so pronounced in the NT, should include pulpit ministry? Do you seek direction from the Holy Spirit before deciding who preaches any given sunday morning?
Would your superiors frown upon sharing the pulpit? And if so,why? Is it because a shared pulpit would make you (and them)less significant? Less needed? Are you concerned your salary would be jeopardized?
When about to appear before Jesus at His judgement seat, do you think you would have wished you shared the pulpit? Or not?
Blessings, my brother-in-Christ,