This article looks at a couple of example in order to cut through the dilemma sounded in the title. It shows that a church's practice of evangelism ought not to wait until its theory is perfected, because that may never happen.
May the need for building up the body of Christ be used against the need to save souls? This article explains that this is a false dilemma. Both aspects are integral to the work of the church—the preaching of the gospel is meant the preserve the saints and equip them so that "their faith goes everywhere."
This article addresses the dilemma sometimes posed in a church, namely, whether it should prioritize home mission or foreign mission. The author explains that ultimately this is no dilemma, that the best support the home church can give to foreign mission is by being fully active in local evangelism.
This article considers the question of whether or not evangelism ought to be organized, and shows this to be a false dilemma. There are forms of evangelism that do call for some amount of organization. Yet the author is careful to point out certain dangers, including that these forms can lead to the general membership delegating the personal calling of witnessing to Christ.
This article considers whose responsibility within a congregation is the work of home mission. It shows from Ephesians 4:11-16 that the leadership is to equip the saints to fulfill the task of home mission or evangelism. It does consider the degree to which consistories, and possibly major assemblies, might be involved in the work of evangelism.
How does God guide? This article explains that alongside special revelation, guidance for the Christian must have as its two reference points the mind of Christ and Christian prudence. Further, the author explains how this is relevant for a very comprehensive theology of guidance, one that involves three principles: always observe the general rules of the Word, be guided by the light of nature, and use our minds.