If you’re in the market for a new pulpit or lectern, you will quickly find that there are countless styles and options. ChurchPlaza has created a brief guide to selecting a pulpit or lectern for your church. But first, let’s examine the differences between these two types of preaching platforms.
Pulpit vs. Lectern
The words pulpit and lectern are sometimes used interchangeably, yet there are subtle differences between the two. Pulpits are a traditional raised platform used in religious services, whereas lecterns are generally a simple stand to hold books or speaker notes. Pulpits have a more religious connotation than lecterns. However, both are commonly used in modern-day churches. Lecterns are usually slim and simple in design, while pulpits are more detailed and ornate.
Now that we’ve established the differences between pulpits and lecterns, here are some different factors to consider as you shop.
Choose the Right Material
The first thing you should decide is what type of material you prefer. Generally, there are three different options:
There may also be pulpits or lecterns made out of “mixed materials.” For example, the base is wood or metal but the top is acrylic.
There are pros and cons to each type of material. Wood and metal are generally sturdier but heavier, so if you need to move your speaking platform around, acrylic might be the best option. Wood gives a warm, traditional feel. Metal and acrylic reflect a modern style. In terms of maintenance, acrylic and metal are easier to clean than wood.
Consider Size, Especially Height
The next thing you need to think about is the overall size. Larger models will naturally be heavier and more difficult to move, but also sturdier. Pay attention to product specs as you browse.
Platform height is especially important. While higher pulpits/lecterns make it easier to read from a book or consult notes, shorter ones allow the audience to see the preacher and thus feel more of a connection to him or her. Some pulpits and lecterns are even adjustable to accommodate a variety of heights.
Decide on a Style
What kind of style does your church have – traditional or modern, ornate or minimalist? Your pulpit or lectern should reflect that. There are many designs to choose from, whether you desire the warmth of a large wooden pulpit or the sleekness of an acrylic lectern.
Something else to consider is customization. Some vendors will allow you to etch or carve a design on the front of your pulpit or lectern. You can choose something religious like a cross or hands folded in prayer, and even add your church name and logo for branding purposes.
Today’s churches rely on technology in their worship services. Many pulpits and lecterns now come with built-in audio and visual technology including microphones and speakers. This is very convenient and enhances the functionality of your pulpit or lectern.
Shop Pulpits and Lecterns from ChurchPlaza
ChurchPlaza has a wide selection of wood pulpits and lecterns, as well as mixed wood and acrylic models. We invite you to browse lecterns or check out our handcrafted pulpits. Our knowledgeable product consultants can answer any questions you have and provide a product quote.