Dear Pastor Whoever….
A few questions, sir….
If there was someone amongst the pew-people, someone notcredentialed by your denomination, who you knew has moreBible savvy and a deeper devotion to Christ than you, wouldyou invite him to preach on occasional sundays? Suppose therewere five or ten such people, would you give each opportunityto preach/teach? And a more important question, do you thinkour Lord Jesus would have these brothers (sisters) communicatefrom the pulpit?
Do you think the congregation would be better served hearingfrom several than to hear mostly or entirely from one? Do youbelieve that the entire fivefold ministry (Ephesians 4:11) shouldbe represented in your church? Do you think “one another” ministry, so pronounced in the NT, should include pulpitministry? Do you seek direction from the Holy Spirit beforedeciding 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 salarywould be jeopardized?
When about to appear before Jesus at His judgement seat, doyou think you would have wished you shared the pulpit? Or not?
Blessings, my brother-in-Christ,