FAQs

What is SPAG Magazine?

SPAG Magazine is a free quarterly, international, inter-denominational, electronic magazine for Christians, with a focus on singles.

Is SPAG Magazine ONLY for single Christians?

No, SPAG Magazine’s articles are suitable for ALL Christians adults, though we generally try to include at least one article with an emphasis on singleness. Most singleness articles are suitable for married Christians and Pastors as they present information on the struggles that many Christian singles face and may provide good insight into the real issues for singles in their own church.

Who do we mean by ‘single person?’

When we refer to a Christian single, we mean a Christian who:

  • has never married;

  • is a widow or widower;

  • is separated or divorced; or

  • may have a boyfriend or girlfriend or even be engaged to be married, but is not living with a partner

Why was SPAG Magazine started?

The concept was one which Australian-based Rev Lionel Rose had been considering for several years but hadn’t had the opportunity to develop.

Lionel is known for his wonderful counselling of singles and he recognised that there was a need for such a ministry as SPAG Magazine, both as a source of encouragement and guidance for singles and also as a way of challenging and growing them in their Christian walk.

While there is a focus on single people, the majority of articles in SPAG Magazine are suitable for ALL Christian adults. We encourage married people, especially church leaders to read the articles for singles so they can learn more about the very real issues with which Christian singles struggle. This is especially important as many singles feel isolated or sometimes invisible in their own church.

Who can receive a copy of SPAG Magazine?

Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 can obtain a free copy of the current issue. While some of the articles are specifically focused on Christian singles, there are myriad articles on different topics that would interest all Christian adults. Please note that there may be topics that are suitable only for adults, so please don’t leave a print-out somewhere young children may find them.

Although the magazine was originally only available by paid subscription, it is now free and can be obtained through our main page with links to a downloadable pdf version as well as a ‘flippable’ online version.

Where does any funding go?

First, please let me send out a thank you to the wonderful people who support us financially. The welcome funds we receive do not cover even half of our costs, so at present, ALL outstanding costs for the magazine are borne by our Editor, Vicki Nunn who survives on a limited, disability pension. As you can imagine, this is very challenging at times.

There are ongoing regular monthly costs such as internet access, phone, electricity, stationery, postage etc. There are also other costs for running a business including Government charges such as setting up and maintaining a business name, purchasing and maintaining a website domain name, purchase of software, and maintenance and replacement of equipment, etc.

In October 2016, we finally replaced our ailing computer that had been making strange noises for over two years! With a new monitor it cost $2,000, and Vicki had to find the funds to replace the computer herself (with God’s help of course).

Unfortunately our income is not covering these basic costs, and that means they are borne by Vicki. This also means that at present she is not even receiving a wage for the hundreds of hours she has put into the magazine. May I encourage you to consider how you can support us, either by:

Where is SPAG Magazine based?

Vicki puts the magazine together in her home office, which is currently based in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. As mentioned earlier, while it is based in Australia, SPAG Magazine is an international publication.

When did SPAG Magazine begin?

SPAG Magazine was officially launched on 1 June 2015.

What articles will we find in a typical issue of SPAG Magazine?

We have a number of regular articles such as:

  • Happiness habits;

  • Creation Ministries International;

  • Tantalising trivia;

  • Up close and personal with Aussie wildlife;

  • Kristie’s Kitchen (low-carb recipes);

  • A-Musings (humorous articles on Vicki’s life experiences);

  • Kooky Corner;

  • Inspirational People;

  • What is it?

  • Puzzle Page;

  • Words of Wisdom;

  • Real Life Drama;

  • Modern Missionaries;

  • Rest Ministries;

  • Up Close and Personal with Aussie Wildlife;

  • Open Doors;

  • Letters to Lou (Counselling); and

  • a beautiful scenery photo on our back page

Other articles may include:

  • current news topics;

  • personal articles focused on challenging and encouraging all Christian adults or specifically Christian singles;

  • Bible-based articles; or

  • topics that will open our eyes to what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ or to our fellow human beings;

and so on

Can I obtain earlier copies of SPAG Magazine?

Yes you can. They are available for purchase through our online shop – this is a way that you can help support us.

Why isn’t SPAG Magazine available in printed form?

Unfortunately the costs to print and post it makes it too expensive which is why we decided to make it in electronic format. The packaging and postage alone would be more than $8 and then the printing costs would be on top of that – probably making it at least $11 an issue, which is far too expensive to make it competitive. (Even one famous Australian magazine had to cease production in 2016 because it cost too much to put out a hard copy of their magazine, and they sold hundreds of thousands of issues.)

Current issues are free to download directly from the front page of our website. You should be able to print it yourself or perhaps you could ask a friend to copy it to a memory stick for you to read on your computer. It is in pdf format which is a universal format that most computers can read. (If you don’t have a program that can read pdf, you can usually download a program for free from the internet – just be careful of the source as some have nasty little viruses attached.)

You can also read the current issue online in ‘flippable’ format with a link provided on our front page. This version is not downloadable. Note also that it’s on a third party website, so there may be some advertising.

How can I find out more about SPAG Magazine?

You can find out more information on this website or go to our Facebook page.

You can phone us on (+61) 07 4961 1202 OR (+61) 042 44 33 772.

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You can write to us:

SPAG Magazine
PO Box 9772
Frenchville, Qld 4701
Australia

Why is the magazine called SPAG Magazine?

SPAG certainly isn’t the loveliest of names is it? There were a number of reasons why the name SPAG was chosen:

  • SPAG is an acronym for ‘Single Person Approved by God,’ because as a single person your state of singleness is highly approved by God;’

  • SPAG is also short for the word ‘spaghetti,’ and the magazine is a way that you can be ‘fed’ with Godly wisdom and guidance;

  • SPAG being short for spaghetti is also a reference to pasta which is a bit of a pun for ‘Pastor,’ because through the magazine we seek to give counsel, encouragement and advice;

  • It worked out well that SPAG rhymed with ‘Mag’ which is a shortened word for magazine, so ‘SPAG Mag’ makes it stick in your memory; and

  • SPAG is quite a quirky kind of name/word which hopefully will make it easier for people to recall.

So those are the origins of the name SPAG.

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