OVERSIGHT & FINANCE
Our goal in sharing Lifehouses’ oversight is so that you will understand that our church is structured to support the values of integrity, accountability and spiritual authority.
GUIDED BY AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
Lifehouse Church belongs to, and is guided by a denomination called Australian Christian
Churches (ACC). All of our pastors, in Japan and abroad, are credentialed by the ACC. ACC provides oversight, and they have the authority to remove a pastor from his or her position, in the rare case of moral misconduct.
DEVELOPED BY PASTORS
Our Pastoral Staff team is led by Pastor Rod and Viv. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church they are serving. They serve the congregation by developing the spiritual life of the church.
PROTECTED BY TRUSTEES (FINANCE BOARD)
Our Trustees can be up to 7 members of the congregation appointed yearly by the Senior Pastors and eldership. Their responsibility is to oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Senior Pastor and eldership regarding the major financial commitments of the church. They serve the church as non-staff. Further, to enable good financial accounting we consult an international audit once a year, and also conduct a voluntary monthly check with Japanese based accountants.
STRENGTHENED BY OUR ELDERSHIP
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.
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 organizations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and the United States of America. The Elders of Lifehouse Japan have representation in each of the separate locations.
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.