What is the Best Pulpit Mic for Your Church? Here are 5 Options to Consider
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What is the Best Pulpit Mic for Your Church? Here are 5 Options to Consider

Even though digital technology has made it easier to appreciate old-fashioned things, many people still love the fact that their pastor is there to speak God’s words to them.

They don’t need to be the hipster pastor who walks around on the stage. They enjoy the fact that they can pronounce God’s word from their traditional pulpit.

This is why it is important to find the best pulpit microphone. It is also something that is rarely discussed or written about. There are many benefits and features to pulpit mics (also known as podium mics or lectern microphones). As with all my articles, these features and benefits will be explained to you

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Let’s now take a look at what pulpit microphones I recommend. Here is a list of the best products for those who are looking to replace an old microphone. If you want to learn more, I will provide additional details below.

The Benefits of Using a Pulpit Microphone

A podium microphone can have real benefits, which many people don’t realize. It is one of the oldest types of microphones that have been used in churches, but it has real benefits.

You don’t have to wire everyone with a headset or microphone if you use a pulpit microphone. You don’t even have to bring a microphone to the pulpit to make announcements, offer the offering, or perform any other role in the church. You can have one microphone for everyone.

You can use it at weddings or funerals, where several people speak. There are many real benefits to using a microphone as a podium or pulpit.

The lectern microphone will give your church services a more traditional or scholarly feel.

Here are some things to consider when buying a microphone for your church podium

A gooseneck microphone is best for multiple users. This allows both the tall man and the short woman to use the microphone simultaneously.

Mounting the microphone on the podium should be off-center to the speaker. You can mount the microphone at the corner of the pulpit, or at the least not directly in front.

This is because the microphone should be positioned in the opposite direction of the speaker. This will reduce people’s popping sound when they pronounce the letters p or t.

It is also important to decide whether you want wired or wireless. If you choose to go wired, you’ll need to consider how the microphone cable will be routed through the pulpit to the sound system and finally to the mixing board.

To help this person, you can also use a foam windscreen.

My Recommendations for Church Lectern Microphones

You may have noticed that I use the terms podium, lectern, or pulpit interchangeably. This is intentional, as although many of us may use the term pulpit, those not steeped in church culture use the other terms. I want them to know that we are talking about the same thing.

My microphone recommendations work with any podium or lectern. These are my microphone recommendations.

Gooseneck Podium Microphones

Countryman Cardioid Podium Mikrophone

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Countryman M4CP5RF18E ISOMAX 4RF Cardioid Podium Microphone

Great Vibration Isolation

Many church technology publications highly recommend the Countryman Cardioid Podium Microphone. It has a high gain signal that causes feedback to the sound system.

The vibration isolation system subtracts vibrations from the signal and detects and subtracts them. This provides a clean, clear sound without needing large shock mounts. It features a gooseneck of 18 inches.

Shure MX418D/C Cardioid Microphone

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Shure MX418D/C

Desktop Bas for easy mounting

The Shure MX418D/S condenser microphone for podiums has a very natural sound. Although it has a higher-end signal, with more treble and bass than the rest, it still produces a great sound, especially for preachers.

It is comparable in size to the Countryman’s 18-inch gooseneck. Shure is a well-respected brand in professional audio.

Earthworks Hypercardioid High Definition Microphone
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Earthworks FMR500

Hypercardioid Microphone

The Earthworks FlexMic FM500 cardioid lectern microphone is one of the most expensive on the market. This mic has a 19-inch gooseneck so it might be right for you.

It is not rated as highly by tech websites as other podium microphones. It can be a bit muddy and is more susceptible to feedback than other microphones.

Audio-Technica Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica Condenser Microphone (U857)

Easily Adjustable For Any Speaker

The Audio-Technica U857QU Condenser gooseneck microphone has a clear voice quality. It produces a better low-end sound, with good bass and mid-range. It does not sound as good at higher-end sounds.

It works well for male voices but not as well for female voices. The Audio Technica pro-sound pulpit microphones are among the most affordable.

Wireless Pulpit Mic

There are many off-brand wireless pulpit microphone systems. None of the major brands has a specific pulpit microphone system. You will need to either experiment with other brands or use a combo of a Shure or Sennheiser pulpit mic/wireless transmitter if you want your pulpit microphone system to be wireless.

Here’s an alternative brand you might consider.

Takstar VHF Wireless/Wired Pro Conference Microphone System

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Takstar MS-208W VHF Wireless/Wired Professional Conference Microphone System

Wireless Pulpit Microphone

It is extremely convenient for those who are just starting out with a sound system and reduces the cost of installing cables. Wireless microphones are now the industry standard.

Pulpit Mic Mounts and Accessories

You will need accessories if you want to connect your pulpit mic with a new pulpit or one that has never been used. A pulpit microphone mount and some cables are required.

Make sure to place the microphone cables in a convenient location.

Preaching from the Pulpit

Preaching from the pulpit is a long-standing tradition, even though it’s not the latest trend. A pastor who is happy in his own skin is a good thing.

Be a blessing to the pastor by celebrating his unique way of presenting God’s word. To help him fulfill his calling, give him the best pulpit mic.

Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.