At our church we're never short of laypeople willing to participate in worship leadership as lectors.
That's the good news.
The bad news: They're mostly women. I think we have maybe two fellas who feel comfortable reading the lessons before the congregation.
As we are wont to say around here: What does this mean?
If you're one of those fundie complementarian types with whom I frequently joust on Beliefnet, they'll tell you that this all has to do with women usurping the male leadership role -- take away gender exclusivity when it comes to assisting in worship, and the men are going to get sore about it and refuse to participate: If I can't be team captain, I'm taking my ball and going home.
My observation tells me something entirely different. This isn't about gender; it's about class.
The two guys who brave the lectern at my church both happen to be college-educated white-collar professionals. Most of the men in my congregation, by contrast, are blue-collar workers with a high school education at best. These men are able to move mountains (or at least the hill next to our church, to build our new sanctuary); if you have a hands-on project to get done, they're your go-to people. But I suspect that they would literally rather take a gut-check from a professional heavyweight than read aloud in front of a group. I suspect that in their households it's the womenfolk who take care of the family paperwork and phone calls and other wordy tasks.
Our church women tend to have either office jobs or jobs that keep them in contact with the public. They're used to presenting information. Lectoring isn't as much of a challenge for them.
Am I totally off here? How does it work at your place? And in more general terms: How do education and social class affect how things go in your church?