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Thanks for your question.
The law has not recently changed.
But what do you mean by "take someone out". that phrase emplies a date. Dates are not deductable expenses.
However, if you mean that you drive someone to the building project site to look over the site to manage the site, etc, then that would be a legitmate expense as either:
1. charity mileage is you are not an employee of the church.
2. business expense if you are an employee.