Ok, so what's the difference between and ambo and a pulpit? An ambo us on the same level as the altar and a pulpit is usually elevated above the chancel. The ambo should complement the altar in design, materials, and color, but it doesn't need to be just a mini altar. The ambo should also be practical. We design our ambos to be usable by a majority of people, with plenty of storage for books, homilies, and papers.