Historically, evangelicals in Italy have been made up mostly of the lower to lower-middle class of society who have made few or no inroads into a distinctive upper class. This class, composed of the top business, professional, civic and social leaders in society, is the upper echelons of society that influences and determines trends. As in most societies, there is a very distinct social order. People are open to being influenced by those they view as peers or as their social “superiors”. They are more resistant to being influenced by those they view as their social “inferiors”. Even though this elite has experienced a great deal of worldly success, it is still searching for something truly meaningful in life. Most of the youth is not effectively parented any longer as a lot of parents, unlike the recent past, are divorced or separated and find no energy in “forging” their offspring. Thus the new generation without the proper role models keeps degenerating.