Many churches handle joining the church as follows: Individuals walk the aisle Request to join by letter Congregation says Amen Pastors & deacons talk to the candidate Candidate is presented at the next business meeting to become a member on promise of letter Candidate is accepted into membership If a non-positive letter is received from former church, than church will take appropriate action. At one church I was at, a person requested to join on letter. The former church would not release his letter, as he stilled owed money to the church day school for tuition. Q-1 Does you church as the same basic policy? If not what are your procedures Q-2 How you handle the individual I mention who requested our church by letter?