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Is is required or necessary to have both a Pulpit and a Lectern in a Methodist Sanctuary? We used to have one of each at each side of the stage area with the altar in the center. When we had the carpet replaced, we moved both out of the way, to carpet underneath. We decided to put the Pulpit back on the right side, and remove the Lectern, so that the choir and pianist could be seen from the congregation. The lectern was so big, you could not see them. After 6 years, we are now getting some feedback, from some of the members, about giving another church the lectern to have for their Sanctuary. It has been in a storage room for 6 years and just in the way.

Dear Bob:

There is no requirement in the United Methodist Discipline for pulpits and lecterns in U.M. churches. Indeed, I suspect that most of the smaller churches simply have a central reading stand. So your church is perfectly free to give away the old lectern and to keep the system that you have.


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The Rev. William E. Olewiler


United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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