issue of labour-law relationships between pastors or priests and their employers (churches)
is controversial because they (pastors or priests) are often regarded as employees and often
not. These issues are discussed on the basis of problems in the South-African positive law and
English law. In discussing the question about the nature of this labour-law relationship, a twostage
approach is suggested, especially when bearing in mind that the employment contract
forms the basis of the labour-law relationship between the two parties.