Rev Green, who took up her role last month, told Christianity that many denominations in Britain had been through a time of feeling ‘a little beleaguered’, and that the Church needed ‘a renewed sense of confidence’ to make an impact. ‘We don’t need an arrogant confidence,’ she said, ‘but a humble confidence that says: “We have something to offer to our society and what we have is good news.”’

Green said that Baptists could offer a bridge between traditional denominations, black majority churches and the house church movement. She said that she respected those who objected to her appointment on the basis of her gender, but that she was motivated by a theological understanding of God’s calling on her life. ‘In ten years’ time it won’t seem like such a milestone,’ she said.