New Heights is an Elder-led Church which believes in the "Priesthood of all Believers" according to
I Peter 2:4-10
As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Our Elders, Pastor, and Ministry Team Leaders stand firmly on the instructions and direction given in the New Testament (especially I & II Timothy and Titus) setting forth their duties and responsibilities and understand they are accountable before God to carry them out.
Moving from traditional Deacons to Ministry Team Leaders enables us to increase our leadership base by involving more of our members in active leadership. Building Ministry Teams has also allows us to involve more of our members and long-term visitors in ministry -- hence a Priesthood of Believers involved in the Ministry of His Kingdom.