If we were more active in actual missionary work, we would retain more of the people whom we bring to church with us and are baptized as a result.
I think too many members still see the conversion process as a linear progression:
1) missionaries find people; 2) they teach people; 3) they invite them to church; 4) they baptize them; 5) we fellowship them once they are baptized - or at least, once they are close enough to baptism to have the PEC start discussing a HT assignment.I believe if we viewed the conversion process the way that Preach My Gospel describes it, we would be approaching it very differently. It would be:
1) WE invite and bring friends and family and acquaintances to church; 3) the missionaries teach them whenever they are ready AFTER they start attending church with us - no matter how long that takes; 4) WE baptize our friends and help them prepare for the temple.
We should be the central part of the process, but too many members still view their role as secondary and supportive of the missionaries. It should be the other way around - just like the ideal that has been preached for quite a while.