From the CEO

Welcome to From the CEO, the place to find posts from Tom De Vries, president and CEO of Citygate Network.

Good Friday. Is it really good?
March 29, 2024

Good Friday, marked by death and suffering, symbolizes the triumph of holiness over evil. The narrative recounts a poignant journey through Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa, reflecting on Christ's crucifixion, inspired by Cardinal Newman's detailed depiction. This day intertwines pain with purpose, emphasizing the cross as a symbol of forgiveness and justice, leading to the transformative joy of Easter Sunday.

Transitioning with Purpose
February 28, 2024

In 2011, Apple smoothly transitioned to Tim Cook's leadership, reaching a $3 trillion valuation. Similarly, Citygate Network's CEO transition emphasizes humility, mission focus, and strategic planning for effective leadership change. These principles guide Citygate's transformation into a missional movement, fostering impactful community service.

What does it mean to prevail?
January 30, 2024

The concept of prevailing, beyond mere winning, involves pushing against opposing forces, as seen in Matthew 16:18's spiritual battle context. The Citygate Network leader discusses this in the "2Prevail" initiative, focusing on the deeper aspects of leadership in a spiritual conflict. It aims to strengthen leaders' ability to overcome challenges and increase influence in their ministries, fostering community and shared experiences to counter the loneliness of leadership.