I don't agree that someone who is an "introvert" makes a good elder, or ministerial servant. Let me get this straight, ok, how would you sisters feel, if your shy elder and his very shy elderette never spoke one word to you in ten years?"
The Shepherd of the sheep who is "predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feeling rather than external things" is a good elder on which planet?
JWN and other websites contain tens of thousands of stories where "nobody ever went looking for the missing brother or sister" Introvert elders do have a strange way of showing their love to the flock they never spoke to. Shy is an excuse, a crutch to help people stay in their "comfort zone or zombie zone" just think if everyone was "shy and Introvert" medical doctors, police officers, prison guards, special forces commanding soldiers, fire fighters.
We learn something new everyday, I personally have never seen anyone forced into accepting the positon of Servant or Elder. I never enjoyed field service with "introverts", they let you talk at all the doors, they let you call all the inactive brothers and sisters, introverts have no problem letting you take "crisis phone calls at night" (their too shy to answer their phones) and heaven forbid, the introvert get's out of their comfort zone, and greets new attending people at the Kindom Hall.
The Ambulence driver and paramedic who is too shy to ask "is your chest hurting?" "are you choking?" 'Sorry maam, my partner is very shy, he don't say much but he's a good guy, not much a paramedic but he here!
Google Definition "in·tro·vert/'intr??v?rt/
A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things"
introvert /in·tro·vert/ (in´tro-vert)
1. a person whose interest is turned inward to the self.
2. to turn one's interest inward to the self.
3. a structure that can be turned or drawn inwards.
4. to turn a part or organ inward upon itself. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/introvert
introvert (Oxford Dictionary)http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/introvert
a shy, reticent person.
Psychology a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
in·tro·ver·sion (ntr-vûrzhn, -shn)
1. The act or process of introverting or the condition of being introverted.
2. Psychology The direction of or tendency to direct one's thoughts and feelings toward oneself.
intro·versive (-vûrsv) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Psychology) Psychol the directing of interest inwards towards one's own thoughts and feelings rather than towards the external world or making social contacts
2. (Medicine / Pathology) Pathol the turning inside out of a hollow organ or part Compare extroversion
introversive , introvertive adj
Collins English Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
1. the act of directing one's interest inward or toward the self.
2. the state of being interested chiefly in one's own inner thoughts, feelings, and processes. Cf. extraversion. - introvert, n. - introvertive, introversive, adj.