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High Tables instead of Big Pulpits

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by USN2Pulpit, May 9, 2013.

  1. USN2Pulpit

    USN2Pulpit New Member

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    Good afternoon everyone.

    Does anyone here use a high table & stool set up instead of the more traditional pulpit when they preach?

    I ask this for a practical reason - in that since I've started using that set-up, I feel free-er to move around, which I like. I know I could have with the pulpit as well, but it's just so big, right?

    Also, with the high table top, there is so much more room for my bible, notes, reading glasses, etc. I find it easier to be organized.

    Make no mistake though: the transition from pulpit to this new set-up was fraught with perils, as most of you may imagine.

    Please understand, I'm not asking whether having a table or a pulpit is doctrinally correct; rather, I'm asking about the practical matter of using either.
     
  2. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member

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    I prefer this set up.

    We have a contemporary, acrylic pulpit but use it rarely. When I'm preaching I prefer the high-top table and stool set up. For our context it makes a better connection with our people and it makes movement on the platform easier.

    Since I keep my notes on an iPad I make sure I have a bit of a lift to raise them up so I can see them. The Bible I use, I still use a physical text, can sit open and ready alongside the iPad on a table eaiser than a pulpit or other lectern.

    I don't stand still while I preach. Drives me crazy to be forced to do it by some churches and I really try to get out of any situation where I'm forced to stand in one place and preach. Our camera guys tell me that they have to constantly stay locked in on what I'm doing because I can move from one side of the platform to the next pretty quickly. Helps people stay alert and attentive too. :)
     
  3. VaDon

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    I switched to a table a few years ago and have found it has served to change my delivery.

    I went from high up on the "sacred desk" preaching down to the flock, to having communication with fellow believers.

    As our church has transitioned in style, the things some people have chosen to leave the church over has been comical. The pulpit being one of those issues.

    VaDon
     
  4. RG2

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    We use one of those lockable position music stands.
     
  5. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    I'm too old fashion! I prefer the traditional pulpit. Still use a printed Bible.

    I don't walk around that much- maybe a few steps every now and then.
     
  6. sag38

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    Either one is fine with me. What gets me is when a someone insists that a pulpit must be present. Or they insist that I must wear a suit and a tie. Some have even insisted that I stand still in "a dignified manner" rather than moving around. (Thank God that He removed me from that place of service.) And, I found it sad but humorous when I asked them for the Bible reference and they got angry at me.
    I also found it humorous when I heard a guy preach a sermon on how to tell if your church if going "Purpose Driven." And, God forbid, one of the ways was the removal of the traditional pulpit. What a crock!! (He wasn't preaching. He was presenting a diatribe. And, I bet he was standing behind a pulpit.) He made it sound as if the removal of the pulpit diminished the power and authority of preaching (as if there was some kind of mystical power coming from a box that one props his Bible on). Hey, I've heard some pretty dismal stuff come from someone standing behind a pulpit. And, I heard some preaching that was doctrinally correct and powerful and guess what, the man wasn't standing behind a pulpit. (I have also heard it the other way around too.) We love our traditions at the expense of sound Biblical reasoning.
     
  7. SaggyWoman

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    The church I attend, the sermonizers use one of those metal music stands if needed.
     
  8. Salty

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    When it comes to a pulpit - Key word - Prefer!
    As far as coat and Tie - I always wear one when I preach - that is just me.

    In fact, when I teach my defensive driving class, I always wear a tie and coat. About a year ago, a driving school ask me to sub for one weekend - they wanted to know my shirt size - I asked why - so they could get me a company (w/logo) Polo shirt. I explained I only wear coat and tie when I teach.
    Still waiting for them to call me back
     
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