The podium from which a minister preaches. The term was used in the King James Version, where a pulpit was something stood on for elevation when speaking to a crowd. "And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood..." (Nehemiah 8:4 KJV).
The preaching platform. This is usually reached by a small flight of steps and is, effectively, an ornamental, lidless, box. It is usually at the front of the nave, just to the right or left of the steps leading to the chancel.
The pulpit is where the priest teaches the congregation in church about the love of God for all of us. This is called a sermon. The pulpit is on the opposite side of the church building to the lectern.
In Christian church architecture: A raised, separate area of wood or stone, often elaborately carved and sometimes with an acoustic canopy above called a sounding board or tester, where clergy speak from. The person who is giving the sermon stands in the pulpit, sometimes elevated above the congregation as much as 15 feet (in Colonial churches) when height was necessary so clergy could be seen/heard in the back of the church.
a raised platform with railing used for the sermon or homily and from which the Gospel may be read; generally located to one side [usually the right side facing the altar] of the front of the nave, not in the center as in most protestant churches. Also called an Ambo.
The pulpit is the place from which the sermon is delivered in services. It is usually elevated so that the preacher can be seen as well as heard by the congregation. Pulpits became central in church furnishing after the Reformation when a new emphasis was placed on the sermon.