When someone requests to become an editor of a church an email is sent to the vicar who leads that church (based on the appropriate entry in Crockford's), whether or not that vicar has an AChurchNearYou account.
The email the vicar receives contains a link which the vicar can click to be taken to the Pending requests page of Manage Editors tab for their church. If the vicar doesn't have an AChurchNearYou account and/or aren't yet an approved administrator of the church they will need register and/or request to become the approved administrator for that church.
Only someone with administrator status for a church can approve or decline requests to edit for that church, and remove editors from that church.
Only the vicar who leads the church can be the administrator.
Click here to find out how to become an approved administrator of a church.
So long as the vicar fulfils the automatic approval criteria (listed in the article linked to above) they will be automatically approved and they will also be automatically be given administrator status.
The editor approval request email is not required in order to approve an editor request.
If the vicar doesn't receive the request email from an editor, can't find the email, or the link contained within the email has expired, they can still approve (or decline) the request.
To approve a request to edit a church the vicar who leads the church can simply log into their AChurchNearYou.com account, click My Churches, select the appropriate church, click Manage Editors, click Pending, and click the tick next to the request they wish to approve (or the X next to any requests they wish to decline).
The vicar who leads the church will need an AChurchNearYou.com account and be an approved editor (with administrator status) in order to approve (or decline) editor requests. Click here to find out how to become an approved editor.