was happening there. They sat 5,000 people at three major services every Sunday, so they had a congregation of 15,000. They once took a poll and there were 58 different denominations of people there. The one thing they had in common was that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. I hadn't even attended a service yet but I walked into that large auditorium and said, "Jesus, I don't even know what I'm doing here. Tell me what to do." When I left I saw an advertisement for a school of theology that they were starting. I found out more information and signed up for this school. I spent three and one half years working on a master's degree in Charismatic theology in Anaheim. It was intensive training, it really was.
The Charismatic movement is different today. In those days it was so fresh and so real. Part of the reason why I'm telling you this story is because you are going to meet Charismatics and they are going to appear strange to you. But you know way down deep in here, they have a relationship with God. They love Him and they're an intense people. Saturday mornings as students, we would get up at 6 o'clock, meet in each other's apartments, and pray til 10 o'clock. We walked around just praising Jesus, we were so in love with Him. I wanted to become a minister so bad, I signed up for a program they had where you could become an intern minister at Melodyland even though they had over three hundred applicants for this position, and could only choose fifteen people. I knew this would be my way of getting trained in the ministry. We would do counseling and help people in hospitals. Boy, did I pray to be accepted! In those days, I was living across the street from Knotts Berry Farm. It was a crazy life, going to school across from Disneyland, living across from Knotts Berry Farm. What a fantasy world! It fit in with my spirituality. I used to walk around Knotts Berry Farm pleading with Jesus to let me become an intern minister. Once in a while, some tourist would catch me walking in the parking lot talking out loud, saying, "Jesus, please, let me be an intern minister, I beg of you." I'd look at the tourists with their jam in the back of their car staring at me. I didn't care.
Lo and behold, I was accepted into the program! I didn't know where I fit in the ministry. Was I supposed to do hospital work? What kind of thing was I supposed to do? Well, they had this little program where the new interns could teach the new converts. These were people who had accepted Jesus and we could teach them. They had a four week program for them. These kind of people had a great altar call. Do you know what an altar call is? If you want Jesus, come right down out of your seat and accept Him. At Melodyland, they'd have 400 or 500 people come forward. They encouraged these people. They said if you're really serious about this, there's a little class for you to come to, for four weeks and you can receive more information. They'd have five people show up for the class.
I was asked if I wanted to teach the new convert class for a while. I said, "Yeah, I'll try that." I had my first five people come and I was a little nervous, but I taught them as best as I could. The next week the same five people came back with their friends, and there were ten in there. By the third week I looked and I had twenty. By the fourth week there were thirty in there. I thought, maybe teaching was what I was supposed to get into. It was becoming evident.
On the fourth night of the last class, it was time to tell them about the Holy Spirit, and it was also time to pray with them for them to receive the Holy Spirit. That's what Melodyland was into; not only being born again, but receiving this power. I want to share with you this experience and I don't understand this, but I would sit with these twenty people and I would say, "This is the last night we'll be together, and a lot of you are really thankful that you know Jesus. You've brought your friends here because you're really excited. A lot of you stopped using drugs; you've got a whole new lease on life. I have news for you tonight, there's more. Jesus wants to fill