Jeremy, my annoyance with you over the years has been your patronizing attitude to South Africans and your portrayal of yourself as having a thorough understanding of the SA set-up.
A point in case: I can assure you that becoming a church worker is not an upward mobility career move. Becoming a church worker in the West Rand - sitting within the economic hub of Africa - is even less so.
The “jump” between an administrator or a local field pastor is negligible. Allow me to illustrate via percentages: an ordained field pastor at the top of his pay scale would receive 100%. A departmental director at the conference level would be paid 101%. A conference executive secretary would receive 104% while a Conference president 108%.
Transfer those positions to the Union and that becomes, for the corresponding positions, 105%, 108% and 112%.
To give it even more perspective, the 100% factor is around R17 500 per month (US$1,400).
An average middle class home could cost around $96,000 and a litre of gasoline $1.20
If you moved “up” to the division, the proportions of increase would be similar as from Conference to Union, e.g. 108%, 110% and 115%.
Benefits? - not much difference between local pastor, Conference or Union employee. The same with the Division.
I’ve served as a local pastor, Conference President, College President and Union Director. I’ve also been on Salary Scale Committees on all levels, including the Division.
I thus DO DENY THAT IT IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP UP FOR MANY OF THE LOCALS.
While we about it, the phrase - the locals - is condescending and patronizing.
Thirdly, your remark in one of your posts on this thread inferred that the majority of those in Africa join the church for the loaves and the fishes. That is an insult to the membership as well as to the Holy Spirit.
Not all of us “locals” are running around in skins waiting for some handout from the big bwana who comes in the white bird from the sky.
Finally, allow me to explain my relationship to Andrew du Preez in the contest of pre-1994 South Africa: in Christ, we are brothers; Andrew - White, Afrikaner, Caucasien from Bloemfontein, Free State.
Me - Black, English Speaking from Cape Town Western Cape. So the analogy of the Arnold’s, Barends’s and Vandiemans does not quite apply.
Thanks for the chat.