As I say in the title, I want to pay some attention to automating as many of the mechanical functions of the church office using open-source software. It looks like all the pieces are out there, but that they need to be integrated. I'm want to help small churches first, since they're the ones (usually) with the fewest human and financial resources.
Here's how you can help. Leave a comment with a fake name as a "church member." (I need forty families, and if you can help me make up names that would be a kind help.) Describe your typical software tormenting church situation. Add some of the functions you'd want to see me tackle.
I'll report back in two weeks with how far I've come.