The quality of the elder body highly determines the health of the congregation.
Some congregations have a BOE who are very field service oriented. Thus the impetus for the ministry. I know a congregation now where there are six elders who are serving as pioneers. This congregation has twenty pioneers and five continuous auxiliary pioneers.
Some BOE are family oriented, study oriented, shepherding oriented, power oriented, two-faced outer appearance oriented. In my 30+ years experience in the WTS corporation, the local congregation generally reflects the spirit that the elders show.
Elder loss = Low enthusiasm and low morale.
Elder loss = Low quality shepherds = Sick sheep
Alligator Wisdom (aka Brother NOT Exerting Vigorously)