Luke Hancock played a key role in the Louisville men’s basketball team’s march to the national championship. Coming off the bench, Hancock provided scoring and leadership to help the Cardinals earn the top prize in college hoops.
Hancock’s leadership qualities were recognized early on by his teammates, who voted him a team captain before he had ever played a game for the Cards.
Their confidence in him was proven right in the regional final game against Duke. When teammate Kevin Ware went down with a gruesome leg injury, most of his fellow players turned away, unable to even look at their fallen friend. But Hancock rushed to Ware’s side to comfort him and pray for him. He showed the kind of qualities you want to see in a leader.
God chastised the leaders of Israel for their lack of compassion. He said, “You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost…” (Ezekiel 34:4).
Church leaders must lead the way in showing loving concern for those who have been injured by: addictions, moral failures, divorce, economic woes, family strife, loss of a loved one, etc. Many may sympathize with those who are hurting, yet they turn away, unable to cope with the tragedy they see unfolding in front of them. Leaders need to run to the scene and give much-needed comfort.
That’s an important part of being a leader in the church.