Kenny and Elle of “Stuff You Can Use”
From Stuff You Can Use:
“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.”
SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 1 (KENNY & ELLE CAMPBELL)
In this episode, we sat down with Kenny & Elle Campbell of Stuff You Can Use and Grow Curriculum. Kenny & Elle discussed their ministry transitions, creating youth ministry resources, how to maintain a creative edge, and soon-to-be released resources. Listeners will get a sneak peak into how SYCU got started and the struggles Kenny & Elle faced as they attempted to scale their growing business.
WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE?
2:20 Personal background
5:10 Ministry transitions & creation of Stuff You Can Use
12:00 A look behind the curtain of the success of Stuff You Can Use
15:50 Launching Grow Curriculum
18:45 The difference between a start-up resource company and a full-fledged business
21:40 Working with your spouse
22:43 Learn Kenny & Elle’s Enneagram personality type
23:20 What to do when you’re stuck in a creative rut
26:11 Kenny learns to fly a plane
27:30 What a typical day looks like for Kenny & Elle (Kenny’s Man Cave is freezing cold)
32:25 Elle talks about being a woman in ministry
36:10 The top non-negotiable topics every youth worker should teach on each year
41:20 How to care for and recruit volunteers
46:00 Limited budget? Here’s what you should prioritize.
50:39 What’s next for Kenny & Elle?
54:00 Podcast sponsors
55:20 Lightning Round: Learn what Kenny & Elle drink at Starbucks, what they’re watching on Netflix, who influences them, and what advice they would give to their younger selves.
HOW TO CONTACT KENNY & ELLE / STUFF YOU CAN USE & GROW CURRICULUM:
· @stuffyoucanuse – Instagram and Facebook
· www.stuffyoucanuse.org – resource website
· www.growcurriculum.org – curriculum website
· www.growcurriculum.org/meeting (annual strategy board)
· Grow Con: The Grow Your Ministry Online Conference – coming in January 2019
· Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn (podcast)