Occasionally I’m asked for this information so I share it again –
It is a special responsibility and privilege to preach from an Adventist pulpit, even if it is in a newly planted church.
Here is wise counsel from the Church Manual “—Under no circumstances should a pastor, elder, or other officer invite strangers or any unauthorized persons to conduct services. Individuals who have been removed from the ministry or who have been removed from membership in other places, or designing persons who have no authority from the church, should not be given access to the pulpit. Those worthy of confidence will be able to identify themselves by producing proper credentials. At times it is acceptable for government officials or civic leaders to address a congregation, but all others should be excluded from the pulpit unless permission is granted by the conference. Every pastor, elder, and conference president must enforce this rule. (See pp. 34, 118, 119.)” 2015 edition, pages 120-121.
Anyone who preaches from an Adventist pulpit, whether Sabbath morning speaker or guest evangelist, should qualify (have proper credentials) in one or more of these ways –
1) He/she is a member of the local congregation, and is known by the church body.
2) He/she is able to show a current credential from a Seventh-day Adventist Church organization.
3) He/she has a recent (within the past year) letter of recommendation from his/her home church.
We see evidence of this kind of accountability in the early church (2 John, 3 John) and in the early credentialing process of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Following this counsel will save us from many problems in the future.