Having served many congregations as an Intentional Interim Pastor for over twenty years, The Rev. Frank B. Lampe III was committed to the process of leading congregations through transition times between the calls of "settled" pastors. Pastor Lampe was also committed to the educational process of training pastors for this specialized ministry, supporting both the efforts of the Interim Ministry Network, Inc. of Baltimore, MD and the newer endeavors of the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP). Over the years Pr. Lampe, with the support and aid of The Rev. James W. Davis, embarked on a mission of creating and expanding a fund that would provide partial scholarships for aspiring interim pastors. In time, the fund grew to over $4,000.00 but no formal program of granting these scholarships was ever created.
Unfortunately, Pr. Lampe died suddenly in 2003 before his dream could be fully implemented. Pr. Davis became the custodian of the funds. He and Mrs. Lampe decided that, in keeping with Pr. Lampe's dream of providing scholarship for Lutheran clergy, the best approach for using the funds was to give it to the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors as the future custodians.
On October 22, 2004, the Coordinating Council of the NALIP formally accepted the gift of $4,305.06 and established the Rev. Frank B. Lampe III Scholarship Program. To ensure continued growth of the fund, the Coordinating Council resolved to add annually ten percent of the net income from educational events. The Council will also advertise the existence of the fund and solicit contributions. Further, the Council charged the treasurer of NALIP with the responsibility to devise a protocol for the disbursement of scholarships to worthy recipients.
The following information outlines the procedure granting those scholarships.
Contributions to the Rev. Frank B. Lampe III Scholarship Program
Contributions to the Rev. Frank B. Lampe III Scholarship Program are welcome. Such gifts are an appropriate way to honor or memorialize a loved one who has served or expressed interest in the work of transition ministry. Gifts will be acknowledged by mail to contributors, honorees, and families of deceased loved ones. Each year, the NALIP Coordinating Council will also recognize all contributions in its report to the NALIP Annual Conference.
Amount of Scholarship
The Scholarship Fund will award $400.00 to each qualifying candidate for a Basic Education Course sponsored by the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP).
Number of Scholarships
A maximum of 8 scholarship grants will be awarded each calendar year.
Each applicant must complete a scholarship form that delineates the need for assistance. Applications for the scholarship may be obtained by writing to the NALIP Executive Director via the internet at
or by United States Postal Service to:
National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP)
P.O. Box 5235
Midlothian, VA 23112
Or click here to download online application
Procedure and Qualifications:
Candidates will:Write a brief statement clarifying the need for the scholarship, keeping in mind that Pr. Lampe's goal was to assist those pastors who were without sufficient financial resources to meet the cost of training programs.
Be rostered with a Lutheran denomination.
Provide a letter of approval and endorsement from the Bishop or District President supporting the request for intentional interim ministry training. The letter should indicate writer’s willingness to use the pastor for
assignment as an intentional interim minister in the judicatory represented.
Provide a listing of other financial resources that will be used to satisfy the registration fee for the Basic Education Event.
Apply for a scholarship at least eight (8) weeks prior to the scheduled date of the event for which the applicant is registered. The application must be postmarked no later than 56 days prior to the event for consideration.
The scholarship committee will notify the applicants of its decision to award or not within five (5) weeks of application. The notice will be sent via the United States Postal Service.