Forces working toward the integration of human society are
creating many serious problems for traditionally voluntary or¬
ganizations such as the Christian Church. During the ten years
of the writer's ministry he has become increasingly aware of one
particular issue: when controlled guidance becomes a universal
feature of state education, what influence will be left the
Church in its guidance of youth in the world?
The present investigation points toward the conclusion
that the Church can only rise adequately to the challenge, now
so obvious in lands dominated by Marxist ideology, by reviving
its own Reformation doctrine of Vocation. Christian vocational
guidance, properly taught and administered, may provide that
additional counsel that will interpret the world to Christian
young people, and give them a solid basis on which to choose
their life work. Further, in many cases it may give to that
work lifelong meaning and significance.
In order to arrive at such a position it became necessary
to trace the primitive sources of the doctrine of Vocation and
the vocational guidance movement, and to study their develop¬
ment and mutual relationship. In the final chapters a recon¬
struction and adaptation is then attempted, with a particular
view to conditions in Great Britain and America.