Help them to mature in their gifts and grow in their Christian character. Encourage their study of the Bible and participation in the church. When they are strong and stable believers, gather the elders and lay hands on them and confirm their gifts and calling as the Holy Spirit leads (1Tim 4:14).
b. Involve new leaders in ministry assignments
Teaching and training are important to a student. But there is no greater “teacher” than experience! You must give your new leaders ministry assignments.
For example, if you are training leaders in how to evangelize, be sure to send them out soon to share and preach the Gospel to the unsaved. Or perhaps you are teaching your disciples how to study for and prepare a sermon. Soon after, allow them to teach a class or some other group in order to practice what they are learning. You may even want them to preach a sermon for the church.
After their ministry experiences, allow your disciples to ask you questions and talk about their successes and failures. Instruct and encourage them, and send them out again. This was a teaching method Jesus used with His disciples for more than three years. Jesus taught His disciples from the Scriptures, demonstrated what His disciples should do, then sent them out to do the same things He did. He then talked with them and gave them even more instruction (see Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:1-61; 10:1-24).
This process of learning then doing will enforce the lessons in your students’ hearts and minds. It will also help them realize how much they still need to learn!
Actually doing the work of ministry will lead disciples to their deep and profound need for the power of the Holy Spirit. They will soon realize how much they need to be anointed, empowered and led by the Spirit of God. This will also encourage their complete dependence upon God for all that He is calling them to fulfill.
c. Keep your training balanced
It is important to always balance knowledge of the Scriptures with practical application. There is no question that a thorough knowledge of the Bible is critical for every believer. This is especially true for those who want to be church leaders. The Bible is important for their daily life, and a cornerstone for effective ministry. Therefore, we must teach potential leaders primarily from the Bible.
But this knowledge of Scripture and doctrine should be balanced with hands-on training and experience. The goal is to train both the head and the hands! Also encourage them to allow the Holy Spirit to deal daily with what is in their heart (character issues).
This balance of training the “head, hands and heart” will help a potential leader be fruitful and productive for Jesus’ sake!
d. How much is enough?
The length of a training program does not need to be excessively long. Jesus taught, trained and modeled the truth for more than three years with His disciples. But many of them did not truly understand what Jesus was teaching them until they were filled with the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15).