Our Story

Hi. We’re Kenny and Elle Campbell, founders of Stuff You Can Use. We’ve been doing youth ministry for over twenty combined years and love every second of it. We got our start at a church called The Chapel in Buffalo, NY, where we started as volunteers, but eventually joined The Chapel’s Middle School Ministry staff full-time. Kenny was the Middle School Pastor and Elle was the Middle School Small Groups Coordinator. We were really lucky to serve at a church where our pastor, a guy named Jerry Gillis, taught us to think about the Church as something way bigger than just our church. He inspired us to do a better job of serving and partnering with other local churches, and he helped us see that working together is way more fun than comparing or competing.

So in 2010, we launched with just the two of us, a handful of resources, and a Twitter account. Our goal was simply to share some of the things we had created with the rest of the youth ministry community, and to make those resources as high-quality and easy-to-use as possible.

Word spread pretty quickly (a little more quickly than we were anticipating), so we brought some more people on board to help us keep up with all the requests we were receiving. We added more resources from more creators and contributors. Before we knew it we had an email list of 80,000+ youth workers, the #1 ranked youth ministry podcast on iTunes, and over 1 million page views a year on our websites. While Stuff You Can Use looks a little different today than it did when it first launched, there are a few important things that have stayed the same…

  • We love the Church. A lot.
  • We hope what we do helps to foster a spirit of partnership and collaboration in the youth ministry community.
  • We want to give you the very best ideas, resources, and tools that we can find.

So thanks for checking out Stuff You Can Use. Youth ministry is a big job, and it’s not easy. We get it. And we hope some of the stuff you find here makes your life a little bit easier.

So whether you’re a pastor, a staff person, a volunteer, or an intern, thank you for what you do. You’re making a difference. We love you, we’re so grateful for you, and we’re cheering for you. Because when one of us wins, we all do.

Our Community

We’re a youth ministry community of over 10,000 youth workers designed to help you be more AWESOME. It’s where youth ministry experimenters and innovators like you can hang out, swap ideas, and help each other be better.

In this group, here’s what you’ll get:

1. A monthly THEME to guide our conversations.
2. Weekly DISCUSSION QUESTIONS to get the conversations started.
3. Plenty of free and exclusive STUFF, just for you.

Because we like you. And youth ministry. And helping each other be more awesome.