Underground Seminary

Riverside – An Overview

The underground seminary takes place in the context of the Riverside. Please read about the Riverside HERE.


To equip men and women for the purpose of leading the local church through training in Biblical Studies and other Spiritual Disciplines. Although any person who desires to come and learn is welcome, only a few at a time will receive extensive one-on-one training. Jesus, God who became a man, chose to limit his time and energy to only a select few. In the same way, we (John and Katie) recognize that we are limited to disciple and train well, only a few at a time.

Length of Study:

There are two main formats of study: a shorter and a longer time of study.

[Shorter] 3-12 Months. This will be best suited for someone coming to focus on biblical studies and spiritual disciplines. Men or women and welcome to pursue this option.

[Longer] 12-36 Months. This will be best suited for those looking to study the languages as well as biblical studies and spiritual disciplines. The amount of time needed will be dependent on the training previously received and the future study that will be pursued.

Who is this for:

  • Men who desire to pursue Pastoral Ministry
  • Men & Women who desire to be better equipped to serve in the local church
  • Local present/future church leaders who may never attend a ‘traditional’ seminary
  • Those seeking to determine if a traditional seminary would be a better option
  • Those who have left seminary spiritual void


There is not a set cost. However, those who attend are expected to contribute whether through material or physical means. It is our desire to serve the local church, specifically those churches who can’t afford to support formally-educated pastors. We want to give, not take. However, those that are cared for spiritually need to understand the Biblical responsibility to physically care for those who have cared for them spiritually. This means that the student will need to consider what they are receiving and how they are contributing to the needs of others. In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:14 (ESV)

(See HERE for a sample list of expenses)

Course of Study

Biblical Studies will be primarily through the Biblical Languages (Greek and Hebrew). It is my (John) belief that a Bible teacher is significantly more equipped to teach the Bible once (s)he is able to properly handle the original languages. It is also my belief that every local church should have at least one Elder/Pastor who is proficient with the languages.

Spiritual Disciplines will be implemented in a way that forces the student to deal with the very difficult commands of Christ. Legalism, nor false piety is the goal. Rather, the Underground Seminary will provide an opportunity to learn Spiritual disciplines that are not commonly taught or practiced in the local church.

Application Process:

There is no official application process. This is a work of prayer and the moving of the Holy Spirit. We believe that God will send those that need to be present.

Study Materials Needed

Student Library (Costs Based on Search for ‘NEW’ books – August 5, 2016)

The books listed below (or appropriate equivalents) are required reading for students participating in the longer training.
{Every book that can be read prior to attending will be of great advantage}

  1. *A Reader’s Hebrew and Greek Bible ($53)
    ISBN-13: 978-0310325895
    *Alt. Biblia Sacra Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Greek New Testament ($165)
    ISBN-13: 9783438052506
  2. Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar ($40)
    ISBN-13: 978-0825426506
  3. Learn to Read New Testament Greek – Black ($18)
    ISBN-13: 978-0805444933
  4. *Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey ($16)
    ISBN-13: 978-0801031700
  5. *Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey ($37)
    ISBN-13: 978-0801028069
  6. Master Plan of Evangelism ($10)
    ISBN 13: 9780739466131
  7. The Supremacy of God in Preaching – Piper ($13)
    ISBN-13: 978-0801017087
  8. Exegetical Fallacies – Carson ($13)
    ISBN-13: 978-0801020865
  9. 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible ($17)
    ISBN-13: 978-0825434983
  10. Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission ($14)
    ISBN 13: 9781433515767
  11. Cost of Discipleship ($10)
    ISBN 13: 9780684815008
  12. *Introducing Christian Doctrine ($5)
    ISBN 13: 9780801032158
  13. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible ($22)
    ISBN-13: 978-0830826964
  14. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: ($20)
    The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching
    ISBN-13: 978-080284730
  15. *Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought ($27)
    ISBN 13: 9780470672860
  16. From Every Tribe and Nation ($15)
    ISBN 13: 9780801039935
  17. **The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon ($24)
    ISBN-13: 978-1565632066
  18. **Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: ($18)
    ISBN-13: 978-1565632097

TOTAL ($372) (Less if bought used)
* Or approved alternative
** Readily available on the Internet (-$42)

Recommended 12 Month Reading Plan
The recommended reading plan for each student is as follows.

Books Pages Month
    Cost & Call Evangelism & Preaching Biblical Interpretation History Theology  
1. Bible (English) 1189 Chapters 298 298 298 298
2. Intro Hebrew 388 129 129 129
3. Intro Greek 272 91 91 91
4. OT Survey 528 132 132 132 132
5. NT Survey 448 112 112 112 112
6. Master Plan 191 191
7. Supremacy 128 128
8. Fallacies 128 128
9. 40 ?’s 342 342
10. CP 204 204
11. Cost 320 320
12. Intro CD 423 423
13. According-BT 251 251
14. Preaching 288 288
15. His. The. 320 320
16. Tribe Nat. 224 224
17. BDB 1216 Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref.
18. Thayer’s 726 Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref. Ref.
TOTAL 5840 988 1071 934 788 674 0
PAGES PER DAY 16 18 19 17 14 12 0

5840 Total pages divided by 365 days will require reading about 16 pages a day. With a total of 973 pages per every 2 months.

Online Resources

Many resources for research and study are available online. A list of the most relevant will be provided for each student.