Mission without Conquest

by Willis Horst

Almost sixty years ago, the Mennonite missionary team working in the Argentine Chaco decided to look for ways to be effective in their ministry while being faithful to Jesus’ lifestyle and teaching. They left behind paternalistic models and “conquering” methods and were liberated from the mindset of forming a denominational church. As a result, they found an alternative missionary style of walking alongside those they worked with, giving priority to the integrity of the local people.

“Mission Without Conquest” is a historical narrative of how the Toba Qom people of the Argentine Chaco followed Jesus’ way from the time of their conversion until the formation of an autochthonous church. This book embodies a new way to approach the church’s missionary task – a way that makes the mission of Jesus Christ the paradigm for Christian mission until his return.


About the Author

WILLIS (1939-2013) and BYRDALENE HORST served with Mennonite Mission Network from 1971 to 2010, accompanying indigenous churches in the Argentine Chaco. Willis developed the Bible Circle, in which participants explore their spirituality and the values of Jesus within their own culture. Willis cared passionately for creation, and distributed hundreds of tree saplings among congregations they visited. They retired to the USA and their four children and seven grandchildren live in Argentina and the USA.

Book Information

  • Author: Willis Horst
  • ISBN: 9781783689163
  • Category: Global Missions
  • Region: World
  • Publisher: Langham Publishing
  • Publishing Date: 07/14/2015
  • Number of Pages: 280



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