"I have repeatedly observed that the big mistake many churches make when first seeking to establish a biblical eldership and biblical deaconate is to appoint the wrong men to office. In the end, the church is saddled with the wrong leaders and perhaps suffers years of problems such as those experienced by the church at Ephesus. Insist on biblically qualified men for church office, even if such men take years to develop. Complete obedience to God's Word is always the best church policy."
(Alexander Strauch, Minister of Mercy, The New Testament Deacon, page 88)."