By B15m1lah. Chair. At Sunday, March 03rd 2019, 05:44:55 AM.
That question was asked of me recently by a pastor we were working with. He had contacted us regarding the worship seating needs of his church, he was operating with a very tight budget, and he wanted a church chair that featured a high degree of quality. As we conversed, I suggested one chair solution that we have placed in several churches that performs very well, possesses great quality and is easy on the budget. The pastor though, even though he loved the price and was pleased with the specifications of the chair, uttered the words above.
The materials the chair is made up is another important factor. Leather is the most common option for high-end executive chairs. Leather is both comfortable and elegant. The comfort comes from the temperature which leather maintains. It stays cool and does not get too hot to sit in for long periods of time. But, in cooler climates, leather does warm up to one's body temperature and does not stay too cool. While there are plenty of good models of cloth executive office chairs, they will all be considered second best to the leather models. In addition, one of the considerations of having a really nice office chair is to give off an impression of power. Leather often does this, because of the inherent cost.
As I reflected on this pastor's statement, a couple of thoughts came to my mind. One is that his statement was a very personal one that indicated a preference that was important to him and was a value I needed to honor. An additional thought though was about what actually makes a chair a "church chair". Here is an expansion on those thoughts with three observations as to what really is needed for a chair to be labeled a "church chair".