Twenty Two

Annual Report

Tēnā koutou katoa.

As we look back on the past 12 months, we are filled with gratitude for all that the Lord has done. In a year where we declared ‘But God’, our dependence and reliance on Him was needed more than ever. We found ourselves facing many unforeseen challenges in our family and our Church – but with God, we have also witnessed many miracles.  

We have seen new people join the congregation, families being strengthened, and individuals growing in their relationship with God. As we look ahead to the coming year, we are confident that God is making a way for His church to flourish.

We would like to acknowledge that we could not do what we do without the team of amazing leaders and volunteers who work behind the scenes to make LIFE what it is. We want to express our sincere thanks to each of these amazing legends for their faithful support and commitment to the church. Together, let us continue to press forward in our vision to impact and change our generation with the reality of Jesus.  

As you read through our 2022 Annual Report we hope that it serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to His people. 2022 was truly a year that we can look back on to celebrate the goodness of God.

Ps Luke & Missy de Jong
Senior Pastors

Top 10 Highlights

Salvations / Baptisms
In 2022, we recorded 1147 people make a decision to follow Jesus and we witnessed 272 people take the plunge and get water baptised – such a significant milestone!
Transition + 30th Birthday
Our 30th Birthday was made extra special as Pastors Paul and Maree handed on the senior leadership mantle to Pastors Luke and Missy. That’s history in the making!
Melbourne Property Development
2022 was a huge year for LIFE Melbourne as we received a truly miraculous response to Expansion. The LIFE Melbourne building project overcame some huge hurdles and secured approval that this land will now and forever be Kingdom land and Gods Church.  It really is a miracle in motion and we can’t wait to increasingly impact Melbourne with the reality of Jesus.
LIFE Homes Purchase
LIFE Homes also celebrated three decades of providing lasting home environments for intellectually disabled residents. In 2022 we purchased two new properties in Warkworth and Whangarei. It’s literally a life-changer!
Healthy Lunches
LIFE Community’s incredible year continues with Healthy Lunches being established in 3 low-decile schools. Across the year we served over 340,000 meals to students. We know that these lunches make a huge difference to every young person.
Community Kitchens Expansion
In 2022, we opened three brand-new Community Kitchen locations. Adelaide opened its first-ever kitchen, Melbourne opened up a 2nd location, and Auckland opened it’s 8th location. Together, we served over 86,000 meals. Each of these kitchens is a practical answer to real need, and a special place of connection, joy and hope.
Ukraine Special Offering
Last year, we took up a special offering to help the people affected by ongoing conflict and devastation in Ukraine. Through the generosity of our church, we were able to raise over $250,000 to fund the relief efforts of two churches in Poland who are actively involved in supplying refugee families with housing, food, and other needs.
Sistas Conference
In 2022, we had our first in-person Sistas Conference in 3 years, with 1864 delegates attending. What a privilege it is to be able to host women from all over our country and provide an opportunity for them to encounter God afresh.
Christmas Box
In 2022, across cities and international borders, we were able to pack and deliver 40,000 Christmas Boxes to people in need and also reached another milestone: over 1 million people impacted by Christmas Box since we started in 2001. So good!
Christmas Spectacular
Our Christmas Spectacular shows were the cherry on top of a fantastic year with over 9,000 people attending packed performances in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland. Hundreds of volunteers poured so much of their time into creating memorable moments that brought the Christmas story to life.

Our Vision:

To impact and change our generation with the reality of Jesus.

Our Four Focuses:

Church  +

Community  +

Business  +



Our Mission:

A church to call home
A choice to follow Jesus
A commitment to live on purpose

Our Church is a place
for people to:


A church to call home


A choice to follow Jesus


A commitment to live on purpose


“The moment I walked into LIFE was the moment His life was again breathed into mine and my family.... I am grateful for a church that is God breathed, God inspired and has become HOME.”

Samantha, LIFE Melbourne

Average Weekend In-Person Attendance
Average Weekend Online Attendance
Christmas & Easter Attendance


“People want connection more than ever, and some of our most memorable nights with our connect group have been when we meet for dinner and just chat, but more than that we really communicate and share life.”

Steve & Robbi, LIFE Adelaide

Number of people in Groups


"Prior to beginning my leadership journey at Epic last year, I questioned my ability to lead. Despite my doubts, I learnt that God equips the un-equipped and He worked through my weaknesses as I discipled a group of girls who have become so passionate for Jesus.”

Amy Wadman, LIFE Central

Number of people serving on a team
Number of leaders


Bringing Help and Hope

“Kindness can make a real impact in our community. I decided to serve in hopes of making a change in someone’s life through doing God’s work. It is fulfilling to be able to give and see our locals coming back weekly, with smiles as big as my own.”

Liza, LIFE Community Kitchens Volunteer

Number of volunteer hours
$24.8 million
Community impact
Christmas Boxes


Through LIFE Venues we have been able to offer a range of modern multi-purpose event locations across Auckland with high-capacity seating, extensive staging, high-spec audio-visual platforms and outside broadcast capabilities.
Key event hires
Hire revenue
Number of visitors on site


Our Kingdom focus at LIFE embraces a heart for the bigger picture of what God is doing, and wherever possible we will invest into helping the wider body of Christ.
LIFE TV views
Raised for Vulnerable Woman’s Project in Uganda
A Note from the GM

2022 has been yet another incredible year at LIFE despite the various challenges of Covid and the economy. We have so many things to be thankful for as we reflect on God’s goodness in another year in seeing the amazing impact and change in so many people’s lives through the work of each of our four focuses as we have outlined in this year’s annual report. Some of the key financial highlights of 2022 have been:

Giving – We have continued to see people’s faithfulness and generosity in giving with over $23m given through tithes and Expansion offering across LIFE.  

Expansion - Through expansion offering (total received for 2022 $3.4m) we were able to contribute $1.8m into funding the growth of our own Community initiatives impacting thousands of people including Christmas Box, LIFE Community Kitchens and The Giving Store. Also $400k to Kingdom, $500k to funding the set up and operation of two new campuses in West Auckland and Tauranga, and $2.2m to the initial phases of construction of our new Melbourne campus.

Community - Our impact through LIFE Community continued to grow rapidly to the value of $24.5m for 2022 including the value of volunteer time and sponsored and donated goods. A significant portion of this impact is through Skills Update, QES, LIFE Homes and Healthy Lunches where external funding (largely Government) not only funded the services we were able to provide to assist many people but generated a surplus of $1.2m enabling us to repay debt from the acquisition of Skills Update in 2021 setting a path for ongoing self-funded growth in the future.

Melbourne campus– Considerable obstacles around planning consents were overcome and construction commenced late in 2022 on a brand new campus for Melbourne including a 600 seat auditorium, kids facilities, foyer and kitchen. Funding lines are in place with CCFS Bank to settle the purchase of Sims Street in April 2023 for a total of $20.6m. Construction of the new campus is estimated at $9m and is targeted to be complete by October 2023 and is being funded through the incredible lean in and generosity of  people giving to Expansion and support from NZ.  

Total Income and expenses - Our total income was $49.5m with total expenses of $44.4m. Our net surplus after funding and depreciation costs across the whole of LIFE for 2022 was $5.1m with a $3.5m net surplus in Church, $0.1m in Business and $1.5m in Community. These surpluses were largely used to fund the development of the new Melbourne campus and repay debt from the acquisition of Skills Update within LIFE Community.

Balance Sheet – We are incredibly blessed to be in a very strong financial position at the end of 2022. Through the consistent generosity of so many people across LIFE and the growth in value of our property - our total assets were valued at $186.6m and liabilities at just $31.6m giving us net equity of $155.0m at December 2022.

Bank Loans – Of our total liabilities $21.0m was in bank loans. From a church perspective we became debt free on all our Auckland campus properties through Legacy at the end of 2020. Our borrowings as of December 2022 are specifically for Community ($8.3m) with the acquisition of Skills Update in 2021 and for Business ($10.4m) with the investment in a West Auckland fully tenanted property and the deposit on our Melbourne property ($2.3m). We continue to be very grateful and humbled by the faithfulness and generosity of so many people right across LIFE in their giving of time, energy, and resource to serve others through each of LIFE’s Four Focuses. We look forward with expectation and excitement to the year ahead!

Paul Schnell
General Manager at LIFE

Thank you!

We are so grateful for who you are, what you do, and for what truly has been an incredible year!

If you have any questions or would like more information please email

Full report available soon