McCorkle installed as Five Rivers, Parsons DS
|The Rev. Micki McCorkle provides a sermon during her installation Aug. 7 as the new Five Rivers and Parsons districts superintendent.
Showing trust in God means being willing to take a step forward, even when you aren’t sure where exactly you are going.
That was the message shared by the Rev. Micki McCorkle during a pair of installation services conducted for her Saturday, Aug. 7, as superintendent of the Five Rivers and Parsons districts. Garnett United Methodist Church and Parsons Wesley UMC, respectively, served as host churches.
Upcoming DS Installations
Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Salina First UMC (Salina and Hutchinson districts)
Rev. Dr. Charles Murithi, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Bassett UMC (Elkhorn Valley District) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Aurora UMC (Prairie Rivers District)
McCorkle, who started her appointment in the new role July 1, shared a story in her sermon about her time serving with the Mennonite Central Committee in the west African country of Burkina Faso prior to attending Garrett Theological Seminary. She had worked hard to learn the language, largely through interactions with children.
“Children were the best way to learn because they would tell you when you were wrong,” McCorkle said. “But after six months, I hit a wall.”
One day, frustrated with her lack of mastery, she simply wanted to go home. She grudgingly made her way to worship and learned an important lesson from a group of older women — hunched over from years of planting crop seeds — singing and dancing praises to God.
“Many of these women had had 12 to 15 pregnancies, and only one or two of their children survived,” McCorkle said. The women sang “soi liiga,” which means “move forward.”
“Even though God chooses the path, God doesn’t reveal the whole path,” McCorkle said. “Sometimes the path is short, and sometimes it’s long. We have to trust God, and one of the best ways I can trust God is to take a step forward.
“We don’t have to know where we’re going, and we don’t have to know all the answers.”
Prior to the message, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. touted McCorkle’s diversity of experience and love for people. She served most recently as pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in El Dorado, Kansas. Before that appointment, she served for four years as the small-membership church coordinator for the Great Plains Conference.
“The Cabinet talked about qualifications and character and skill sets,” Bishop Saenz said. “And Micki’s name kept coming up.”
McCorkle’s ministry experience also includes a two-point charge of Claflin and Hoisington in central Kansas, serving as associate at both Wichita First and Independence First UMCs, and then serving as pastor at Protection UMC in southwest Kansas.
And she has that experience from her three years in west Africa.
“When I get into some sort of problem or bind — even if I created it myself — I need to remember that it’s not about me,” McCorkle said. “When the road looks scary, we need to step forward and trust God.”
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