Re: what about the elite (administrative) level
I presume that the elite membership is only open to the FIRST GENERATION disciples who joined at the inception of COG/TF. TRUE? FALSE?
False. There are quite a few SGAs (Second Generation Adults) in WS (World Services
) and leadership in general.
Second, the elite status is further narrowed towards those disciples who have technical abilities (ie: artists, publishers). TRUE? FALSE?
In some cases, that is true. However, the primary requisite for anyone who works in WS or other Selah Homes
is that they must be "yielded" to the Lord's Will (as defined by prophecy) and to Family leadership. They must also follow the Family's doctrines closely.
Anyone who works for WS is hand-picked by Family leadership. The candidate must be deemed trustworthy, as most WS operations are highly secretive.
Third, the elite membership if open at all, would only be open to comely women and/or wealthy contributors/donors. Because it seems that the COG could never have enough women nor enough money.
While I'm sure those two demographics are welcome, WS has a fairly balanced population of men and women. Regardless of the candidate's wealth, I would tend to think the above mentioned criteria still apply.
If all of my assumptions are true then, it seems implausible that the TF is converting more people and that it would crumble or weaken because no one else is moving up in the org.
If anything, the main reason the orgaization would deteriorate would be from members leaving the group. SGA family units tend to be smaller (2-5 children) than FGA families (4-15 children) and their recruitment statistics appear to be at an all-time low. I believe all those factors are large contributors to The Family's declining membership.
It seems the only way to be a part of the TF elite (if you had not known about the TF) is if you were a wealthy donor or had some relative utility for the group. TRUE? FALSE?
If there is money in the family or an individual is in line for an inheritance or windfall, care is taken (and, in some cases, exceptions are made) to ensure continued membership. But it is not a prerequisite for joining WS.
Hope that helps.