The American Renewal Project, a group that is plotting a new approach to evangelical politics with a network of 100,000 pastors nationwide, is taking some of the credit for the upset in House District 51 this fall. That’s where state Rep. Beryl Amedee of Houma beat out former Rep. Joe Harrison of Napoleonville by 318 votes.

While Amedee also had the support of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and other groups, a new piece out from Reuters stated ARP director David Lane wants to recruit 1,000 pastors to run in 2016 and 500 have already committed. Amedee, a pastor, was among those ranks this cycle.

Lane told Reuters he has been bringing together candidates like Amedee for “two-day, all-expenses paid retreats. There are lectures on running political campaigns, turning out voters, and injecting sermons with a healthy dose of politics.”

“In the 1970s, our attitude was, ‘We are not of this world, Jesus is coming, so why bother with government?’,” Amedee was quoted as saying in the piece. “Now, we know we are the government.”

The goal of the American Renewal Project is to get pastors elected on local and regional levels in an attempt to influence government from the bottom on up.

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