This is part of the front of the church at Kensington Methodist where I did one of my trial services on Sunday. The pulpit is just off the left edge of the picture. I haven't preached from that sort of pulpit for a long time - high up and on the side. In fact, I usually preach from the same level as the congregation. I like being close to the people, but it is really nice to be able to make proper eye contact with more people - which is what you get from a high pulpit. Our church has just put in a slightly raised platform - that also helps with the eye contact. And stops me from moving around too much, which I gather, bothers some people.