My husband says they need people to do the chores behind the scenes...accounts, territories, magazines, literature, sound, stage, attending, etc. They don't need elders so much so far. But as the elders keep getting older 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and very few men come up the ranks to be elders, the elder shortage will be more apparent. Ten years ago, the CO then told the BOE that the organization lost 25% of the elders every year.
In one congregation they had two MS who could not read and even after being made MS made no attempt to learn and the elders made no attempt to teach them.