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This dissertation, entitled 'Educating for Christian Discipleship: A Comparative Approach to Contextual Planning and Implementation,' examines the role and importance of Christian education in African-American churches. Included in the dissertation are results of a comparative study, which tested the transferability of the concept and strategies of Christian discipling from a mega-urban African-American congregation to a mid-size suburban African-American congregation.

The study resulted in a model for Christian discipleship that includes various theological and practical methods for planning and implementing a Christian discipleship model in a church, Future implications and applications of the model in different church environments are also included. It is proposed that the theological and practical applications of the model may be useful not only in African-American churches, but also in any church that endeavors to make Christian discipleship their primary task.

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