Methodists/pulpit bylaws


Is it proper for a pastor to allow another pastor or lay person to fill the pulpit, as a guest speaker  or for a funeral or wedding?
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Yes.  Normally it is up to the pastor's discretion.  Most pastors I know would allow this.  I've seen it happen frequently.  E.g., my daughter was married in our church, where she was confirmed, by a pastor who had been an associate previously at our charge, and by a deacon from the Roman Catholic church.  I don't think our pastor even attended the wedding, although he was invited.

I do not know of any rules in the Discipline specifically against this - the SPR Committee or Worship Committee might have a say, but I doubt they would ever want to get involved.  Remember that a wedding or funeral really belongs to the married couple and family of the deceased.  It is not a worship event.

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Carl Fuglein


General questions about the United Methodist Church - its history, Book of Discipline, its stance on current issues, church politics and administration, etc.


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