A good floor plan for a small church should have provisions for emergency exits, clear and spacious aisles for easy passage, sitting arrangement and a pulpit. In most small churches, sound equipment, the band and preacher share the pulpit.
In most cities, local authorities publish guidelines for public buildings. Owners must provide safety features such as emergency exits. Buildings must pass checks upon which they receive periodically renewable inspection certificates of health and fire safety among others.
A small church layout can be a challenge to plan for considering limited resources and a constrained budget. However, with a clear vision, it can be achieved quite easily.
First, it is important to establish the limitations. This process requires determining how many people can safely gather in the building. Legal limits on the number of people that can gather in a given space vary by city.
Once this is identified, the positioning of the pulpit follows. It needs to be such that everyone in the building has a clear line of view from every angle. The public address system is then added. For the number of people expected to be gathered, a proper calculation of the sound output should be made.
Lastly, sitting arrangements are drawn into the plan. The seats should leave enough space for passage and leg room. The floor plan should evenly distribute the sitting rows. Whenever possible, a slope towards the pulpit should be in the design. However, most churches find it easier to elevate the pulpit area.