Joe Fleener

Lover of Christ & His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, & Servant to the Local Church. Joe earned a Master of Divinity degree from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003, completed his Masters of Theology courses in 2005 and moved to New Zealand with his family in 2006. Joe has served as a Bible College lecturer and “lay preacher” (churches, camps, conferences, etc.) in the US and New Zealand. In addition, Joe has taught courses for Bible Colleges in South Africa, Romania, Ukraine, and Australia. From 2010 to 2014, Joe served as the Associate Pastor at Howick Baptist Church in Auckland. Since August 2014, he has been privileged to serve as Pastor of Rolleston Baptist Church. Joe also serves in the following ministry roles here in New Zealand: Steering Committee, Stand for the Gospel | Coordinator, TIM Training Course | Board Member, Gospel Training Trust | Adjunct Lecturer, Grace Theological College. Finally I serve as a trainer for BibleWorks. Infrequently, Joe blogs on his personal blog where you can learn a lot more about him and his family over the years.

Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill – Verbal Submission

At 1:20pm I will give my Verbal Submission to the Select Committee on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill. Here is what I plan to say. Thank you for giving your time to read my written statement and hear today’s verbal submission regarding the recently proposed “Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill”. You will have noticed from my written submission that… Read more →

Vaccine Certificates/Passports and the Church

General Concerns: Verifiability of data: Up to now when a person in NZ receives their vaccine, no proof of identity is required. The individual administering the vaccine simply asks for the person receiving the vaccine to confirm their name and date of birth (in some cases their address). This is a process which is open to significant abuse and provides absolutely no… Read more →

Romans 14 & Covid Vaccinations

A pastor friend in Australia recently posted this on FaceBook which I thought was helpful. Regarding vaccinations: Please obtain the best relevant medical advice to inform your decision. Your choice should be free of duress and consistent with a clear conscience. Personal circumstances differ. I respect the choice of others, whether they are similar or different to mine. Vaccination status… Read more →

Select Committee Submission: Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill

Dear Prime Minister Ardern, Minister Faafoi, and Members of Parliament, Thank you for giving your time to read and consider the following statement with regards to the recently proposed “Conversion Practices Prohibition Law Bill”. I have read the proposed piece of legislation and have grave concerns. Concerns for two fundamental principles of Liberal Democracy: 1. Freedom of Speech and 2.… Read more →

Recent NZ Legislation: Conversion Therapy Ban & Hate Speech

In recent weeks here in New Zealand, we have seen our government propose new legislation along with changes to existing legislation which together present a shift virtually unprecedented in Western Liberal Democracy. Specifically, we are addressing suggested proposals to what is generally referred to as “Hate Speech Laws” (Proposals against the incitement of hatred/hostility) along with new legislation under the… Read more →

Join this Chariot: A Biblical, Exegetical, Theological, Historical Response

On 14 June 2021 InsideOut released a 72 page PDF document titled Join this Chariot: Christian Schools Supporting Rainbow Students’ Wellbeing. (A link to this PDF will not be provided here. It is found quite easily with a simple Google search!) This is a biblical, exegetical, theological, historical response. Let’s start with some definitions. Biblical: This response will aim to… Read more →

28 Feb 2021 – Covid Alert Level 2 – Service Plans

Hopefully you have seen or heard the announcement made tonight that we are shifting to Covid Alert Level 2 at 6am tomorrow (Sunday, 28 Feb) morning. We are doing everything we can to ensure we keep to the Government Guidelines as specified on the Covid-19 website. Here is our plan for tomorrow… Effectively we plan to proceed as “normal” with the exception… Read more →