I have finally caught up with all the G&G podcasts, and while I envision a Drupal site someday (Fall 2010?), I'm dedicated to making the most of the WordPress site we launched a couple of years ago (www.5milechurch.org --- please, be gentle; it's not my day job).
However, G&G has pushed me to try to push the site, and I've stumbled on a few plugins that look promising:
Simple:Press Forums (http://simplepressforum.com) seems to be exactly what it claims to be: simple forums for WordPress. I tend to play with things on my own personal site (www.eggmonkey.org --- I used Artisteer to develop this theme; again, please be gentle) before I launch it on the church's site, and this was easy to install and easy to set up. They have a good tutorial for altering the basic page template to create a "forums page" template. I'm gearing up to launch a community forums page where our ministry teams and other member groups can interact and work together.
Someone else is going to have to be the guinea pig here, but I just found what some have claimed to be the "CCK for WordPress": Pods (http://pods.uproot.us/). New content types is something I haven't really considered, but I can see an application such as a "Bible Study Resource Catalog" coming from this. I think this is my summer project....
Anyone tried these two?