Take the lid off of your leadership

12-week course with Steve Backlund & Phil Backlund

This course is for on-the-go leaders and emerging leaders in business, church, organizations, family, education, and beyond who want to be good mentors, create the culture of empowerment, and want their people to succeed personally and in the organization.
Steve & Phil

Learn how to...

Keys for growing your influence

  • build people

  • create a culture of empowerment

  • hold high beliefs about the people you lead

  • champion your team

Course Overview

Investing just 2-3 hours a week will set you up to absorb powerful nuggets of wisdom. You will never be the same again. This course includes:

1 Video teaching & 3 podcasts each week

Free ebooks of The Culture of Empowerment for business and church leaders

Access to the course for 1 full year

2 personal coaching sessions with Phil

Help I'm a Pastor Book

Benefits of coaching with Phil

*Note: Phil has broad experience consulting with individuals and groups in improving personal and organizational communication

  • Increase your personal level of communication skill and knowledge

  • Receive personal skill training with a program designed to meet your specific learning goals

  • Gain personalization of book content within the two coaching sessions with the possibility of a longer-term connection

  • Increase your knowledge and skill in enhancing the empowering culture in your situation

*Group payment options available upon request. Email info@ignitinghope.com *


  • How much time should I set aside for this?

    You can expect to invest about 2-3 hours a week for the 12 weeks of this course.

  • Is this just for church leaders?

    No; this course is designed for leaders at any organization, whether in business, government, education, the arts, or media.

  • How is the course structured?

    In this course, you'll learn through exclusive videos, podcasts, readings, and coaching with Phil.

  • When can I take this course?

    This course is currently available to take any time.


Meet the Backlund Brothers

For over 42 years, Dr. Phil Backlund taught communication studies at universities around the world, from Alaska to New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Macau, Tanzania, South Sudan, Pakistan, and beyond.

A lover of teaching, Phil believes one of the most important gifts he can give his students is the ability to communicate effectively in public, small group, interpersonal, and intercultural contexts.

Phil and his wife Judy currently call Ellensburg, Washington home. They value family and enjoy spending time with their three children & six grandchildren.

Phil Backlund

Professor of Communication Studies


Meet the Backlund Brothers

Steve Backlund is an encourager, leader developer, joy activist, and a revivalist teacher. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches, leaders, and organizations into catalytic levels of hope. He has a unique anointing to release hope and joy paired with a revelatory teaching gift that creates new wineskins for greater dimensions of God (both personally and corporately).

Steve Backlund

Igniting Hope Co-Director