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The purpose of this thesis is to critically examine the rhetorical deficiencies of religious leaders in the Korean church. In particular, religious leaders are lacking in persuasive rhetoric for communication with the church community and the community of normal society. This can be seen in the fact that the leaders try to encroach upon and control the language of ordinary society, rather than trying to persuade and communicate with the religious language (special language) commonly used in the church community. However, the rhetorical great Aristotle equates rhetoric and persuasion. The important factors of rhetoric that he emphasizes are the orator's ethos and pathos; the former can be seen as the orator's disposition or character, and the latter is the passion of the audience. The language and power of persuasion of the orator come from his character. Therefore, the audience makes their pathos aim for and act in good will. However, as the ethos of the religious leaders in the Korean church is damaged and their power is lost, they lose the good will of the audience and instead violent pathos spews forth. This clearly cannot bring good results in verbal communication with the social community, even in emotional communication. Especially when the community is in crisis, when we see that the leader's rhetoric plays the important role of bringing to life or killing the community, the rhetorical ability of the leader is very important. As we see in the case of Saint Augustine, his excellent rhetorical ability and persuasive theology argued for the Christian community and gave hope. Therefore, as Augustine said, words come from the human heart and they must become a language of love. The heart and words must be in agreement. When that happens, the rhetoric of religious leaders can go beyond eloquence to cultivate in the audience the ability to think deeply about the world and criticize it, and even become a communal language that can create a beautiful world. This can become not only a church community that speaks the truth, as Martin Buber spoke of, but also a community that dreams of a beautiful world. This can come out of the persuasive rhetoric of a religious leader continually trying to dialog with the world.