My congregation had four elders who had different personalities.You would see a little friction among themselves.
#1 Self-righteous and the 800 pound gorilla.He would push everyone around in the congregation and even some fellow elders.
# 2 Elder was around 80 years old and looked like he stuck around a little too long.It looked like he was around because he never decided to give up the position.His duty became very light as he aged.
# 3 Elder was in his early 30's and newly elected.He made no waves and whatever was asked of him in the congregation he would do.Easy to push around like a little puppy dog.
#4 Elder (who everyone liked ) was easy to get along with and had a family who everyone loved. He didn't like elder # 1. They had a power struggle amongst each other which everyone observed while the meetings were in session.
Here are 2 small verbal fights that I observed while the congregation meetings were in session:
While Elder # 1 was giving a talk ( heavy rain storms are brewing outside with loud thunder and lightning ) the microphones and lights are knocked out.We lost all power and could barely see. Elder # 1 yells out, '' We have an electrician in the house and it looks like he's just sitting there and not doing anything to see what he can do to fix the problem.'' Elder # 4 ( an electrician ) says angrily, '' The transformer is down. What would you like me to fix?"
Elder # 4 is giving a 5 minute question and answer talk at the Ministry School. Elder # 1 is called on to answer the first question. He gives a 3 minute answer which covers almost the whole question and answer talk. Elder # 4 says to Elder # 1, ''If you want,you can come up here and finish my talk."