Yesterday (Sunday night) we had a visiting preacher and among other things he spoke on was helping those we see saved learn how to "handle the preaching" they'll hear. One of his points is that we are seeing people saved but not that many of them coming and sticking to our church. I believe he was referring to more than just our local congregation, but it has been a point of concern for us for awhile now. We are a nice church, we love on people as much as we can, we go out and tell the gospel, we go pick people up and bring them to church, we are as warm and as welcoming as we can be. Yet so many of our converts do not come, or do not stay for long. Part of it is our area....it's a very hardened city, just like some foreign fields are harder than others. In fact, our visiting preacher said that we need to start thinking of America more as a mission field than it used to be. The children raised here today outside of church have most likely never even heard of Adam and Eve, he said. But he also said we need to teach our converts how to handle the preaching. This struck with me, too. I need to let them know what they will experience. And another of his points...."not all the preaching will be for them, YET." And they will need to be able to leave behind something that they didn't understand or that could make them mad, yet at the same time take what they can handle out of each sermon and digest that part. His main reference was the verse about "as babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby." I got some very practical pointers from what he said. Any other thoughts?