GOVERNANCE & FINANCE
The Church is managed by the Senior Pastors and their staff under delegated authority from the Elders and the Finance Committee.
The Elders are up to five selected members of Lifehouse Church or pastors, from respected congregations or ministries, who love Lifehouse Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called upon to help in accountability matters relating to pastoral staff, staff and other church matters.
The Churches finances are monitored by internal staff and procedures, a Finance Committee including three (3) non staff business people and a firm of external Japanese Chartered Accountants.
Salaries are set by the Finance Committee using predetermined salary banding scale based around job profiles, level of responsibility and performance.
The initial calling of the Senior Pastors has been to build a strong vibrant Church that reaches the youth of Japan. The mandate for Lifehouse Church has now grown wider to where there are now Lifehouse Churches operating as separate Church organisations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and the United States of America. The Elders of Lifehouse Japan have representation in each of the separate locations.
The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement provides spiritual covering, accountability and Pastors credentials for Lifehouse Japan and its Pastors. The ACC has over 1300 Churches within Australia and an extensive international missionary and relief agency work.
INCOME AND EXPENSES GRAPHS
The finances being reported in the graphs below are for the day to day operations of Church for Total Income and Expenses for the 2016 Calendar year.
Special or dedicated offerings for future buildings or events have not been reported in these graphs. They are held in separate Banks account and not used for day to day operations.
Lifehouse prepares annual budgets and financial results are reviewed regularly by the Finance Committee. The Church also engages a Japanese Chartered Accounting firm on a monthly basis to review the accounts and validate all taxes payable.