If a person wishes to transfer membership to a different WELS church from their current WELS church, who decides if they can transfer? I know we vote on transfers in our voters' meetings. Does a person just request to transfer to the church president and leadership which then allows it to be voted on or, does it have to get approved by the pastor before a congregational vote?
A church’s constitution and bylaws will lay out the procedure for membership transactions like transfers. A pastor will certainly be involved in the process. Examining your church’s legal documents will provide answers to your specific questions.