Conversation Skills for Healthy Relationships in a Digital Age

Conversation Skills for Healthy Relationships in a Digital Age

rhSmart phones and digital screens are the new norm for communication. However, use of digital communication is being increasingly linked to disconnection, isolation and loneliness. Everyone yearns for authentic engagement and deep relationship. You can equip your congregation to develop important skills that will foster these deeper connections.

Join Ritch Hochstetler of ULEAD as he combines the latest research on human connection with experiential activities and processes. Ritch will equip you to develop stronger communication and conversational skills in your congregation.

Developing stronger communication
During this workshop, you will engage with resources and practice what you’re learning. ULEAD’s experiential training model is developed around hands on activities, engaging challenges, and times of mindfulness to transfer what you’re learning into real-life contexts.

In this workshop, you will:

  • learn the latest research on the needs and challenges surrounding authentic human connection.
  • engage with communication tools for developing communication and conversational skills.
  • experience new strategies and tools to grow authentic connections and conversations with others.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • implement new conversational tools to strengthen engagement with others in your home, work, and faith communities.
  • implement three communication skills to overcome barriers that keep us from deep connection.
  • develop personal resources to build new habits of action that transform your mindset and behavior for authentic relationships.


Who should attend?
Congregational leaders who are interested in developing their own interpersonal skills and gaining resources to improve personal connection in their leadership teams, small groups and congregation at large. 

About the presenter
Ritch Hochstetler is chief ideation trailblazer for ULEAD, a nonprofit leadership and team building organization. Hochstetler has innovated and delivered training experiences for youth and adults for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Goshen College and of Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in personal, leadership, and team development strategies.

When and where?
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ben Davis Christian Church in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. 

Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.


How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."