The office of elder is not for men with potential.
Though many men hope for the office of elder within the church and all men should have the character of an elder, God has only called those who He has qualified and made ready within the church. Some men can be in process for many years while others might be ready in a few months and even still other may be needed to be godly, faithful men in the church without a title. However, a slow eldership process is not to stifle growth, encourage elitism or frustrate; it is to see character in action, get to know personalities, and learn gifting. We believe that talent can be made in a microwave but godly character is made in a crockpot.