Summary: Creating a new leader is great. But creating a new leader that is accustomed to reflecting on their practice is great. As they lead independently, help them reflect on what worked, and what they would do differently.
Jesus sent out the disciples, two by two, only after they had spent quite a bit of time observing Him in action. As we have stated previously, modeling is the most important first step in ministry multiplication. The purpose of this observation is to set up a “Release Date.” Remember, Jesus literally sent them out. The point is for them to take off the training wheels and give it a whirl.
However, the process of multiplication has only just begun. After the 12 disciples came back after that first solo run, Jesus took them to a mountain and they got away to revive and reflect. Together, they had a critical debrief session about how it went. Jesus gave them some minor correction and even further instruction.
The whole goal of this process is to let them fly solo. At some point, it is time for them to do the new task on their own. This can be a very big moment and as an engaged leader, I would always make a big deal out of it. Pray for them, write them a note of encouragement and more. You are proud of them. But never forget, they are now doing what you would have to do if they had not been willing to step in and take this challenge.
Before too long, they will be leading independently. This is what we have been working toward. However, an engaged leader still circles back around. Though you are no longer directly observing them do their thing, you want to encourage reflective practice. Meet with them and ask THEM how they thought it went. What worked? What was a flop? What would they do differently?
Creating a new leader is great. But creating a new leader that is accustomed to reflecting on their practice is greater.